The biggest thing that hindered Michigan football wasn’t its scoring offense — Michigan entered the game averaging 41 points
— or being able to gain yardage at a high level — the Wolverines went into the game averaging 469 yards.
No, what hurt the maize and blue was not being able to score touchdowns when it reached the opponent’s red zone.
Michigan entered Rutgers week scoring 28 touchdowns in 44 red zone attempts.
Last week, against Michigan State, the Wolverines stalled twice when they took the ball inside the Spartans’ five-yard line. J.J.
McCarthy and Blake Corum told us last week that they would be working on the red zone offense this past week to have a better showing against Rutgers.
Michigan took the ball inside the red zone seven times on Saturday night.
The Wolverines scored six touchdowns and had to only kick one field goal against the Scarlet Knights inside the 20-yard line.
But Corum thinks the offense can continue to get better and he says they will get back to work figuring out how to make the red zone offense even better.
It wasn’t all easy for Michigan though. Twice in the first half, the Wolverines pushed the ball inside the Rutgers five-yard line.
And twice it took Michigan all four downs to punch the ball into the end zone.
Corum gave credit to the Scarlet Knights’ defense.
He said the Wolverines expected it to be tough to punch the ball in but in the end,
the maize and blue scored both times against Rutgers.